Chew, Vol 1: Taster’s Choice
Written by: John Layman
Illustrations by: Rob Guillory
After the bird flu wiped out 23 million people, the government outlawed the consumption of poultry. Tony Chu is a vice cop who is a Cibopath. Cibopath’s are a version of a touch psychic, but instead of getting a reading off of something by merely touching it, they have to eat it.
In Taster’s Choice, Tony and his partner are on a case to bring down a chicken smuggling ring when things take a wrong turn. Suddenly, Tony finds himself with a dying serial killer on his hands and the only way he can think to get the names of the killer’s victims is to eat him. As it turns out, his department isn’t cool with that. But the FDA is and Tony is quickly recruited into their ranks.
Chew is glorious with its fun dark humor, oddball characters and warped version of reality. At this moment, I’ve read the first three volumes of the series and Taster’s Choice is definitely the most solid one. It’s largely an introduction story, working to set-up the world, characters and what will be the main arc of the series but it’s done incredibly well. The story is tight and all the characters who take up page time are given distinct traits that make you want to know more.
I highly recommend this to anyone with a taste for dark humor and a bit of mystery.